Saturday, January 29, 2011
What does snow have to do with it?
My riding week was 405 miles, though I fell short of my long ride goal (again) of 160 miles. It's up to 180 miles for today as I'm looking at the clock typing, knowing good and well that I have to get on the bike soon. 12 hours on a trainer, just doesn't sound very appealing to me. I've done it in the past and have survived, but that was 15 years ago. I'm much wiser now...NOT!
Why!? WHY!?...you may ask. Well your body won't adapt to riding 3,000 miles across the country by sitting on the couch eating bon-bons. Once your schedule is set, the challenge is sticking with it. Yes, there are stumbling blocks along the way. But you can't get discouraged, just mark it off as a bad day and continue forward.
I was stuck on the beltway Wednesday evening with many of you. After traveling 6 miles in 6 hours, I decided I had enough. So I turned around and drove back to work (2:30am) and slept on the couch. I finally made it home on Thursday (our office closed) and was welcomed by 3 fallen trees. I cleared up the essential one, but still have a couple to clean up. For some reason, I don't see that on my training schedule. Missed a long ride that day.
In the meantime, my crew chief, Edgar and my assistant crew chief, Susie (my wife) are hard at work organizing and planning out all of the details leading up to the Race Across America (RAAM) in June. One can't imagine what all goes on behind the scenes of an event like this. But details are of the utmost importance. And it's just not RAAM. Like I said earlier, this is all a progression...a learn process. We have the Sebring 24 hour Challenge next month, a crew training/meeting, the Heart of the South 500 the following month and then my longer, supported training rides leading into June. I'll cover this more in future posts and let you know what the other crew members are doing as well.
...right now, I've got to get on the bike.
Cheers everyone! And remember not to get discouraged by disrupted routines. Things happen! Let it go and keep moving forward toward your goal and we'll get there together.